Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Holiday Edition

By December 14, 2014 December 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Africa & The Middle East

Outspoken South African puppet Chester Missing is still stirring up controversy.

Thrice Upon a Time sounds like a great show for kids in Cape Town.


Snuff Puppets are travelling to India to conduct the People’s Puppet Project.

Combining the craft of paper lanterns and giant puppets in Hong Kong.

An interview with Teruyoshi Nakano, Special Effects Director of The Return of Godzilla.

Bangkok’s Semathai Puppet Theatre has won the international Prix Michael Meschke for the Preservation and Renewal of Puppet Theatre Arts.

Australia & New Zealand

Thoughts on the state of the art of puppetry in Australia.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre takes audiences on a trip to The Night Zoo.


A look at the impact of Royal de Luxe on Limmerick’s year as City of Culture in Ireland.

Also from Ireland, a review of Lambert Puppet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty.

The latest instalment of Penny Francis’ history of the Puppet Centre.

Learn about the things Les Guignols de l’Info have put in Jacques Chirac’s head.

North America

Mermaid Theatre’s annual Puppet Cabaret in Windsor, Nova Scotia takes place January 31st.

Giant puppets are being built in British Columbia to celebrating Francophone pioneers in the Kootenays.

Want to help support puppetry in the United States? The Puppeteers of America are looking for volunteers.

A zoning battle over the renovation of the Puppet House in Branford, Connecticut continues.

A review of Bread and Puppet’s Captain Boycott.

An upcoming series of special events in Washington, D.C. with The Old Trout Puppet Workshop.

In The Heart of the Beast’s La Natividad runs until December 21st in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer continues its popular run at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

David Stephens offered some Christmas entertainment in Georgia this weekend.

Puerto Rico’s experimental puppet art troupe Poincili Creacion brought Ballenarca to Athens.

More holiday offerings at The Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix.

Sixteen reasons why The Muppets Christmas Carol is the only movie you need to watch this Christmas.

South America & The Caribbean

Recipients of scholarships from UNIMA’s Commission for Latin America have been announced.

Auditions & Job Opportunities

Iris Theatre is seeking a puppet designer/maker in London, England.

Calls for Entry

A massive list of grants and potential funding opportunities for puppet filmmakers.

UNIMA’s Education, Development and Therapy (EDT) Commission is offering grants for the use of puppetry in communities, education and therapy worldwide.

Puppet Animation Scotland is offering Scottish-based puppeteers the opportunity to perform at the Festival Mondial Des Theatres De Marionnettes 2015 in Charleville-Meziers, France.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

An opportunity to learn Czech Black or “Curtain of Light” puppetry techniques in Tournefeuille, France next spring (link goes to a French language web site).

This is the last Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up of 2014. We’ll be back with more international puppetry news from around the world and across the web in the new year. Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the PuppetVision Newsletter to receive puppetry news, resources and more directly in your inbox!

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